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  1. Repair or Replace? What to Do with Older Appliances

    Repair or Replace? What to Do with Older Appliances

    Over time, appliances get old, don’t work as well as they once did, and inevitably stop functioning all together. If you have an appliance that’s not performing like it should, or isn’t working at all, then you’re probably asking yourself this question: “Is this worth repairing, or should I just get a new one?”

    At Reno’s Appliance, we know that the answer to that question isn’t always so cut and dry. Before you make the decision to repair or replace, you’ll want to consider these factors:

    1. Do you have a warranty?

      Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll have the option to buy a five-year warranty (which we recommend). That way, you’re covered for a total of six years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

    2. What’s the average lifespan of the appliance?

      Knowing how long an appliance can reasonably be expected to last will help inform your decision to repair or replace. For example, the average dishwasher typically lasts nine years. If yours breaks after 20 years, then you’ve probably gotten all you’re going to get from it and should move on to purchasing a new one.

      Here are the typical expected lifespans of common appliances:

      • Gas Range: 15 years
      • Refrigerator: 13 years
      • Dryer: 13 years
      • Washing Machine: 10 years
      • Dishwasher: 9 years
      • Microwave Oven: 9 years
      • Garbage Disposal: 6 years

      Of course, these lifespans are just estimates. Lifespans can vary based on usage and whether or not you keep up with regular care and maintenance.

    3. How much do parts cost?

      Sometimes, just replacing an inexpensive part can add years to the life of your appliance. In those instances, repairing is a no-brainer. Other times, parts can be almost as expensive as buying something new. If the difference between buying a new appliance and repairing your old one is just a few hundred dollars, then it probably makes more sense to go for the new purchase.

    4. Are parts available?

      You may love your washing machine because it’s been reliable for 25 years. But if one day it stops working and you vow to repair “old faithful” instead of replacing it (no matter how much parts cost) just know that the matter may be out of your hands.

      The truth is, many manufacturers eventually stop making parts for their machines. So, if your appliance is particularly old, the part needed to repair it may not even exist anymore—and you’ll soon be shopping.

    5. Is it outdated?

      It could be that your once stylish appliance now looks out of date. Or, maybe you’ve been slowly updating your home’s other appliances and this one now sticks out like a sore thumb. Even if your current model breaks and it’s inexpensive to repair, this may be the excuse you were looking for to get something more stylish and modern.

    6. Are more efficient models available?

      Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, then there is probably a more efficient model available that might interest you. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help with upfront costs. Plus, you may even see reduced utility bills in the future.

    Sometimes an appliance breaks and simple, inexpensive repairs will have it running like new again. Other times, it’s more convenient and economical to replace it. If you find that you need a new appliance, come to Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We carry a large selection of refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers, dryers, kitchen hoods, and more from world-class brands known for dependability and durability.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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  2. 8 Reasons Why You Need a Humidifier this Winter

    8 Reasons Why You Need a Humidifier this Winter

    From cracked skin to stuffy noses, cold and dry air is at the root of many of our winter woes. Fortunately, it’s easy to reverse or prevent many of these issues with a humidifier. A humidifier adds moisture to the air in your home to create a more comfortable environment.

    Check out these 8 benefits of running a humidifier this winter:

    1. Softer skin: Dry air literally pulls moisture from your skin, which is one of the reasons you may experience flaky skin or cracked hands all winter long. It can also increase signs of aging. A humidifier will put moisture back into the air and your skin will soak it in.
    2. Comfortable sinuses: Did you ever get that dry, stuffed-up feeling in your nose, and no matter how much you blow, you can’t find relief? Winter air dries out your sinuses, which makes them swell and interfere with breathing. Run a humidifier in your bedroom while you are sleeping and make breathing easier throughout the day.
    3. Quicker recovery: If you do get sick this winter, then a humidifier can help speed up your recovery time. Moist air will help you stay hydrated, reduce coughing, and relieve pain and swelling in your throat and sinuses.
    4. Healthier houseplants: Do your houseplants seem limp or droopy in the winter? Turns out we’re not the only ones who suffer from dry air in the winter. A humidifier combined with regular watering will keep your houseplants vibrant and full of life. Plus, they’ll keep on purifying the air all winter long, which benefits you as well.
    5. No more “morning throat”: Does your throat hurt when you wake up on winter mornings? Does your voice sound cracked? That’s because your throat and vocal cords are dry. Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom to wake up with a pain-free throat and a silky smooth voice.
    6. Reduced heating bills: Moist air feels warmer than dry air (think of humid summer days). With a humidifier, you can keep your thermostat at a lower setting, so you may see reduced heating bills this winter. That won’t have a direct impact on your health, but they will certainly make your wallet happy.
    7. Fewer shocks: Those little static electricity shocks can’t really do any real damage, but boy are they annoying! And they occur more often in winter because dry air conducts electricity better than moist air. Use a humidifier and say “see you later” to unexpected shocks.
    8. Improved sleep: If you sleep with a partner who snores, it may be because of a dry throat and nasal passages. A humidifier may be the thing that finally quiets them down. Plus, a less-dry room feels warmer and more cozy, which is always a good environment for sleep.

    Questions about if a humidifier is right for you? Want to know the difference between a humidifier and a dehumidifier? Reno’s Appliance, located in Paterson, NJ has a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any questions you may have. You can reach them at 973-247-1860.

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  3. Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    The range combines a cooktop and oven into a single appliance—making it the true workhorse of the kitchen. Ranges come in a variety of styles and can include all kinds of features, which is great, but can also be overwhelming. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts, so we’ve created this simple buying guide to help you find the ideal one for your home.

    1. What’s Your Budget?

      First, you should determine how much you want to spend. Prices can vary from about $350 for a basic range to $3500 or more for luxury models with plenty of features and high-end styling. Having a price point in mind will help you narrow down your options.

    2. What Size?

      A standard range is 30 inches wide, but they can be 36 inches or wider. Be sure to measure the space where you want to install it and buy the correct size. The last thing you want is to have your range delivered only to find that it won’t fit.

    3. Do You Want Gas or Electric?

      If you don’t have a gas line already installed in your kitchen, then an electric model is your only option. If you do have a gas line, then you can get a gas-powered or a dual fuel range. Dual fuel range models heat the oven with electric power for precise temperatures, and fuel the cooktop with gas for faster boiling and cooking.

    4. What Style?

      There are three different styles of ranges:

      • Freestanding models are designed to be placed anywhere in the kitchen. These are the most popular and least expensive ranges.
      • Slide-ins are made to literally “slide in” between cabinets. The sides of a slide-in range are left unfinished since they won’t be seen, but they do have alignment grooves for ease of installation.
      • Drop-ins are used with customized cabinetry. They are dropped into the prepared base with a cabinet front panel at the bottom for seamless integration with the kitchen and a high-end look.

    5. Do You Want to Go Pro?

      Pro ranges are typically free-standing models that start at 36 inches wide, but come in 48 inch and 60 inch widths as well to accommodate multiple ovens, more burners, and built-in griddles and grills that span the cooktop. You’ll also find different burner configurations and well as French tops in pro models for more precise temperature control. If you want to take your cooking to the next level, then consider a pro range.

    6. Who Cleans the Oven?

      Are you OK with cleaning the oven yourself, or do you prefer a self-cleaning oven? Self-cleaning ovens cost a bit more, but most people decide the extra cost is worth it.

    7. Have Your Considered Convection?

      You may have heard the term convection oven. That means there is a fan inside the unit that distributes heat more evenly in the oven to speed up cooking and produce more consistent results. It will cost an additional amount if you opt for a convection oven.

    8. How Many Burners?

      The least expensive ranges have four standard burners on the cooktop. As you get into higher end models, you’ll find burners that are more precise and flexible. For example, your range might come with a “power burner” for quick boiling and pan searing. It may also have a “low burner” for simmering sauces. Some ranges may even have a fifth burner.

    9. What Features Will You Need?

      Now you have to decide which features are important to you. Adding features will increase the price, but you may find it is worth every penny. Some features you might consider include double ovens, “smart” temperature sensors, warming drawers, or a hidden bake element.

    10. How Do You Want to Control Your Range?

      You’ll also have a decision to make when it comes to how your range is controlled. Are you fine with the standard cooktop knobs and oven controls? Or do you want your unit to be more sophisticated? For example, you can get a unit that’s all digital and push-button, or maybe even programmable.

    One increasing popular feature found in higher-end ranges is voice control. For example, this GE Profile Range will respond to simple voice commands for the ultimate convenience.

    Reno’s Appliance carries top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul, or simply updating the décor, installing a new kitchen faucet is certainly going to be part of the job. If it’s been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, and you’re not sure where to begin, then check out these four tips to help you find the perfect one for your space.

    1. Mounting Matters

      First, decide if you want a deck-mount faucet or a wall-mount faucet. Wall-mount faucets attach through the wall and hang over the sink.

      Deck-mount faucets attach to the countertop or rest on the sink. If you choose this type, then the number of holes on your sink is important. These are your standard options:

      • Combination handle/spout faucets require a single hole, plus an additional hole for the sprayer.
      • Handle/spout faucets with integrated sprayers require a single hole.
      • Traditional faucets need four holes total: one each for the hot and cold taps, one for the spout, and a fourth for the sprayer.

      If you want to add soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers, water filters, or other optional components, then you’ll need more holes. If you’re starting from scratch, choose your faucet before your sink so you can buy a sink with the appropriate number of holes for your selection. Or, holes may be drilled into the sink to accommodate your faucet if needed.

    2. Focus on the Finish

      Most kitchen faucets come in a range of finish choices, typically some color of metal. In the silver family, options include chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Metallic finishes can be either polished, brushed, or satin, depending on whether you want a bold shine or a more muted gleam.

      If you’ve picked out your kitchen sink, then you obviously want your faucet to match. Easy decision. But if you haven’t picked out the sink, consider that smudges and stains show up on chrome and polished finishes more easily than brushed and satin finishes. That may be a factor in your decision.

    3. Consider Ultra Low Flow

      If you’re environmentally focused, or want to save on water bills, this may be important to you. Since 1992, federal regulations require that faucets made in the United States have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which has resulted in thousands and thousands of gallons of water saved each year.

      But, you can choose to have an even lower flow rate. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the WaterSense program to encourage the manufacture of high-efficiency faucets with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM or less. While not a federal regulation, most manufacturers have products that meet WaterSense criteria, so be sure to ask your salesperson if this interests you.

    4. Take a Look at Technology Trends

      If you haven’t bought a faucet in a long time, then you’re probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features out there, like:

      • Motion-activation: Motion-activated faucets enable you to turn the water on and off, adjust the flow, and raise or lower the temperature,
      • Laminar flow: Laminar technology emits water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards, with some models even meeting the stricter WaterSense criteria.
      • Filtration and more: Many manufacturers make faucets that offer built-in filtration, instant chilling, and even carbonation for clean, cold, sparkling water on demand.

    Shopping for a new kitchen faucet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Follow these tips and you’re sure to find the perfect faucet.

    Reno’s Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  5. 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    The mudroom is prized among homeowners for housing all kinds of gear, from coats and backpacks, to cleats and tennis rackets. It’s also the perfect place to handle messy chores like potting plants and painting small pieces of furniture. Perhaps most important, mudrooms help keep the dirt and germs that reside outside the house from getting inside the rest of your clean home.

    If your mudroom is due for a remodel, or you are looking to add one in your home, consider these helpful tips:

    1. Focus on Floors

      Start your mudroom renovation with what’s below your feet. You want your mudroom floors to be easy to clean and slip-resistant.

      Linoleum is a good choice for mudroom flooring because it requires just basic upkeep and it naturally repels bacteria and dust. Vinyl flooring is another popular option because it’s nearly impervious to stains and water damage, and maintenance is a matter of sweeping it clean on a regular basis. You can pad either flooring option with a layer of cork for a softer floor.

    2. See Seating Possibilities

      What’s the point of a mudroom if people don’t remove their shoes before entering your home? Giving people a convenient place to sit will encourage them to do just that. Many home goods or hardware stores carry small benches with shoe storage built right in. If you are a crafter you can buy unfinished pieces and paint and stencil the piece yourself to match your décor.

    3. Get On the Hook

      Wall hooks were simply made for mudrooms. They are easier to install than cabinets and can hold anything from coats and backpacks to sports bags and laptop cases. Assign two or three hooks for each person in the family to keep things from piling up.

    4. Consider Cubbies

      Cubbies are a perfect addition to mudrooms, especially when you have young ones at home. Hooks may be too high for them to reach, but a cubby is just their height, which will encourage them to put their things away where they belong. Cubbies are also a good option for storing shoes.

    5. Be Creative with Color

      Most people may not think of painting their mudroom because they usually don’t spend too much time in there. On the other hand, mudrooms are usually small spaces, so using a bold color may just add that pop of color your home is looking for. In fact, maybe seeing happy yellow, tranquil green, or cool blue walls may set the right tone as you move through the space into your home.

    6. Look for a Laundry Solution

      Mudrooms are usually conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen—which makes them perfect locations for your laundry set-up. Are you concerned that your mudroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a washer and a dryer? Consider purchasing a stackable washer-dryer units, which are perfect for small spaces.

    7. Enjoy Extra Refrigeration

      Consider a second, full-sized refrigerator or even a compact fridge for the mudroom. An extra refrigerator is perfect for canned and bottled beverages, and other food items that need long-term cold storage or freezing, but take up too much valuable real estate in the kitchen fridge. It’s also great to have that extra refrigeration for those times you host large gatherings.

    Mudrooms serve different needs for different families, but they all share at least one common purpose—keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Follow the above tips to get the most out of your mudroom for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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